If you’ve followed this blog a bit, you’ll know that in the past few months i’ve written about Scott Melker, who records and performs under the moniker of The Melker Project. And in his over 15 years as a DJ, Melker has shared stages with the likes of some of the world’s most popular and beloved DJs and acts including DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ AM, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Kanye West, the Wu Tang Clan. Q-Tip, Ne-Yo, T.I. and a list of others — thanks in particular to the fact that he has developed reputation for possessing rather wide-ranging, crowd-pleasing tastes and to his skills on the 1s and 2s.
Over the past year or so, Melker has been extremely prolific as he released four EPs focused on mashing up the work of a specific artist whose work he admires with contemporary hip-hop — and it’s done in a way that will likely bring comparisons to the likes of Girl Talk and others, as Melker’s work, much like his contemporaries is a marvel of slick and very modern production techniques; however, unlike his contemporaries, Melker’s work manages to be much more deliberate and thought out, as he spends time carefully re-recording much of the material he mashes up. And in turn, there’s a greater sense of nuance to what he’s doing — material is subtly modernized when necessary without subverting the vocal sample’s spirit. In fact, if you haven’t done it yet check out his mashup of Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight” with Nas’s “One Mic,” which he titled “In The Air ToNas” and his Red Hot Chili Peppers mashup, Red Hot Trili Peppers as both are sonic and technological marvels. Yes, seriously.
Melker recently teamed up with the Philadelphia, PA-based producer and DJ Skinny Friedman in a project that the duo have dubbed MBS – and as MBS the duo of Friedman and Melker take the propulsive, club banging hip hop of the late 90s and early 00s, which was often recorded at about 90-93 beats per minute – we’re talking about early Neptunes, Swizz Beats, Lil’ Jon, Beats by the Pound and others – and updates those tracks by pushing that material towards EDM.
The duo’s first single is a remix of a track that they both found to be under appreciated – Trina and Killer Mike’s 2008 single, “Look Back At Me." Their remix retains the original song’s drums and Trina’s awesome braggadocio that includes the assertion that her ass is "big like the sun.” However, MBS add slashing synths and room-rocking 808s to the mix.
In fact, their remix of Trina and Killa Mike’s “Look Back At Me” is just a small taste of the duo’s production style, as they’re set to release a bunch of tracks with rappers and some stand-alone songs by the end of the year. And based on this remix, i’m looking forward to what this duo will come up with next.